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MarescialloDiCampo Inactive Member29 Apr 2015 7:55 a.m. PST

At the Castle "Castello Rancia" of Tolentino, in the Marche region of Italy, a spectacular historical pageant of the protagonists reenacting the events of the first battle fought for Italian independence.
"Every man has a story and each story is part of men." This old adage seems to fit the paintbrush of the organizers of the Historical Re-enactment of the Battle of Tolentino in 1815.
Considered by many historians as the first clash fought for Italian independence, still 200 years later, the reenactment takes place in the countryside surrounding the ancient and mighty castle.
At the castle, on the first weekend in May, the events will be reenacted, that saw as protagonists Joachim "Gioacchino" Murat, King of Naples and the Baron Federico Bianchi. The two strategists are faced by deploying infantry, cavalry and artillery on vast area.
From 1 to 3 May, in the area in front of the Castle Rancia, over five hundred re-enactors from all over Europe, will set up their camps. Wandering among the tents, faithfully similar to those used by the armies in the nineteenth-century and capturing the moments of everyday life of the soldiers is a unique experience. It really seems to make a "blast from the past". By closing your eyes for a moment, it can seem that one finds themselves under an enchantment and back in 1815 ready to re-live as protagonists in the the battle.
You can almost sense the mood of the soldiers preparing for battle.
It is but a second, as you watch them prepare their weapons and their horses, then add the cavalry charges, the crackle of the guns, the sound of the flute, the cannon, the roll of drums, and the show becomes truly fascinating, in a magical ambience of yesteryear.
In Tolentino, from the town walls down the esplanade that gently slopes to the Chienti river, is the sort of war game, among the oak trees, both young and old, can re-live the story, excited by participating in the reenactment of the battle. You can understand in detail what the history books describe and tell us about the battle. 1815_2015
From Friday, 1 May until 3 May
Friday, 1 May, 2015 at Tolentino
At 10.00 AM – At the Castle Rancia, in collaboration with the Historical Modeling Civitanova Marche, presents "Ludica Marche", opening a modelling convention and exhibition on Modelling Murat's Soldiers Murat – Napoleonic Modelling.
At 12.00 AM – the CAMPS HISTORY – Military preparations in the fields by Historical Groups from various European countries. The Neapolitans and the Austrians occupy the land in front of the Rancia Castle and place their tents. The soldier's life is reenacted, just as took place two hundred years ago.
At 15.00 PM, – VISIT TO HISTORIC CAMPS – The audience participates with the soldier re-enactors in moments of everyday life, maneuvers, handling, cleaning and use weapons, parades, preparation of cartridges, rations, patrol service and leave.
At 15.30 PM – MILITARY REVIEW – The Generals pass in review, in the deployed units, inspect arms, and look at the field of battle and there will be a study of tactics.

At 16.00 PM – COMMEMORATION OF THE BATTLE – The first skirmishes and first clashes between the two armies, movements, maneuvers and simulated attacks, charges and defense. Artillery places the pieces and the first shots are fired.
At 17.00 PM – IN THE CAMPS – Snack-dinner with roast pork, sausages, beans and cheese along with the re-enactors.
At 21.30 PM – EQUESTRIAN THEATER – TOLENTINO 1815, A theatrical representation on the field of battle by the Historical group (Gruppo Storico) 2nd Cavalry Tolentino of the first Italian soldiers enlisted with the Italian "DREAM OF INDEPENDENCE".
Saturday, May 2 Tolentino
At 09.00 AM, – CAMPS HISTORY – The re-enactors composition in the field. The audience participates with the soldiers in moments of everyday life framework, maneuvers, handling, cleaning and use weapons, parades, and preparation of cartridges.
At 10.00 AM – A BATTLFIELD GUIDED TOUR – to the places of the Battle (Rancia Castle, Casone, Ossuary Salcombe, Ossuary Cantagallo, former church of Cisterna, and the Battle Monument).
At 11.00 AM – POSTAL STAMP CANCELLATION – In honor of "Bicentenary of the Battle of Tolentino" by the Philatelic and Numismatic "City of Tolentino", in via San Nicola in Tolentino. The Association is dedicated to the dissemination of interest in stamp collecting and numismatic exchanges between members and fans.
At 12.00 PM – HONOR TO THE FALLEN – Representatives of the two armies pay homage to the fallen of the Battle at the Monument in "Contrada Rotunda", Tolentino.
At 14.30 PM – PREPARING FOR BATTLE – Troops spend this period before the clash at the camps: where you can study the latest tactics, inspect and clean the weapons and prepare the cartridges.
At 15.00 PM – COMMEMORATION OF THE BATTLE – Day 1 – The movements and clashes between the armies Austrian and Neapolitan in the area behind the Rancia Castle, the same place where two hundred years ago, the First Battle for Italian Independence took place. You can follow the various stages of the movements of the troops with an audio commentary. It describes the use of various tactics of infantry and cavalry, both in attack and defense.
10.30 AM – AT THE SAN GIACOMO AUDITORIUM – The Association Vexilla National Assembly – will provide insights on crests and heraldry of the Murat period of the Napoleonic era.
At 18.30 and 21.30 – HISTORICAL DOWNTOWN AREA – The City of Treia parades through the streets of the Center with the Helpers and the players of the game of the bracelet. In Piazza Mauruzi demonstration of the game of the bracelet, with involvement of the spectators in the Challenge of the bracelet of Treia.
20.00 PM, – DOWNTOWN – The historical town center comes alive with the arrival of the soldiers, the inns and shops, and Breweries open, in an evening in the fun. Pubs will open with opportunity to taste historical foods menu, there will be dancing with music for all ages, and a traveling exhibition in the Historical Center. The soldiers find themselves after the battle at the Old Town, in a Tolentino dressed and animated with the colors of the kingdom of Naples. The night is long and between parades, dances and period music will all be involved in this atmosphere.
22.30PM – THE AUDITORIUM PHILATELFIC LIBRARY FILELFICA – A Projection of the film "Come mirano giusto costoro". Directed by Ferdidando De Laurentis.
At 09.00 AM at the Public Library – in the Castiglioni Room, CONFERENCE – MEETING of STUDIES, "The Italian campaign of Joachim Murat: importance, chronicles, episodes" By the Institute for the History of the Italian Risorgimento, Committee of Macerata
At 20.00 PM DOWNTOWN – Osteria Osteria Galli and Ricci, a Dinner of the nineteenth-century tradition with "Polentone and roast suckling pig".
22.00 AT CANTAGALLO – "Memories of the Battle" Theatre performance, Directed by Sarah Salvucci
Sunday, May 3
At 09.00 AM – Castle Rancia The audience participates with the soldiers moments of everyday life framework, maneuvers, handling, cleaning and use weapons, parades, preparation cartridges.
10.00 – Castle Rancia – A Book presentation "The last battle of Murat" by Vito Grapple, Chillemi editions – Rome.
Tolentino at 09.30 in the Auditorium San Giacomo, The Association Vexilla, National Assembly – presents insights on crests and heraldry during the Napoleonic period and Murat.
11.30 AM – DOWNTOWN – Parades along city streets and in Freedom Square greeting the citizens and authorities. Presentation of Historical Groups.
14:30 PREPARING FOR BATTLE – Troops spend this period before the clash at the camps: we can see study of the tactics, inspecting and cleaning the weapons and prepare the cartridges.
15.00 COMMEMORATION OF THE BATTLE – Day 2 – The movements and clashes between the armies Austrian and Neapolitan are made in the area behind the Rancia Castle, the same place where two hundred years ago took place the First Battle for Independence Italian. The re-enactors wear replicas of the uniforms of the time and shoot blanks with precise copies of muzzle loading firearms. Tolentino was the last pitched battle fought in Italy where muzzle-loading flintlock weapons were used. The phases of the second day of the Battle of Tolentino are simulated and there is an audio commentary.
09.30 AM – in Cantagallo, a Mass at the Church of St. Mary, Help of Christians
10.30 AM – in Cantagallo, a Memorial service at the "Ossuary of the fallen from the Battle"

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP29 Apr 2015 8:02 a.m. PST

Is there a link

daler240D Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member29 Apr 2015 8:04 a.m. PST

sounds spectacular!! I hope pics get posted later.

MarescialloDiCampo Inactive Member29 Apr 2015 8:25 a.m. PST

Link to Italian website…

jammy four Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Apr 2015 6:42 a.m. PST

looks brilliant!
are there "all in tickets"?


MarescialloDiCampo Inactive Member30 Apr 2015 7:00 a.m. PST

Mostly free events…pay at restaurant for meal – Tolentino is a great place

John Franklin Inactive Member02 May 2015 4:41 a.m. PST

The two day battle at Tolentino is fascinating. The events have been overshadowed by those in the Low Countries a month later. But for all of you interested in the 'Hundred Days' it would also be worthwhile searching for additional information on this short campaign.

Kind regards


Glenn Pearce02 May 2015 7:12 a.m. PST

Hello MarescialloDiCampo!

Thanks for brining this wonderful event to our attention. I'm curious though, there does not seem to be a map of the two day historical battle. Do you know of any online source?

Best regards,


138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2015 10:14 a.m. PST

Did you get any photographs of this event. I would have really liked to have been there.

jammy four Sponsoring Member of TMP04 May 2015 2:20 p.m. PST

I second 138 Squadrons request for photos of the event
……..I to would have loved to attend


MarescialloDiCampo Inactive Member07 May 2015 9:52 a.m. PST

It's an annual event, originally spearheaded by a good Italian friend, who passed away (Paolo Scisciani) in 2014. The Tolentino 815 association publishes photos and on their site there are photos of years of past events.

I have a map of the Tolentino battlefield, but not electronic. (I'll have to remedy that).

I actually travelled the entire Murat campaign of both wings and have been to the battlefields and principal action areas, several times. (Gaeta 1815 is an interesting account of great leadership of bad troops)

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